We do not spend all day plotting revolution at your expense | Sarah Allen-Melvin

Forget the constant smears, civil service union reps make a real difference to people’s lives and save the taxpayer moneyAs a civil servant working for a large government department I am used to being labelled by some politicians and sections of the media as lazy, feather-bedded and overpaid.And as an elected representative of the Public […]
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The bipolar explosion | Darian Leader

Psychiatry is at last asking the right questions about a remarkable shift in mental health diagnosisDiscussion this week about appalling cuts to mental health services focused on the diagnostic categories “depression” and “anxiety”. Though there are good reasons to question and critique the use of these terms, they have drawn attention away from a major […]
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Vince Cable’s pay reforms are only a first step | Deborah Hargreaves

Though Cable wants to give shareholders greater power to tackle top pay, he has been nobbled by company bossesIt is a condemnation of British society that children can go to school hungry while top bosses’ pay rose to an average of £4.8m last year. Even at a time of heightened scrutiny and biting austerity, our […]
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The gender pay gap is still too big | Anna Bird

Equal pay audits could help close the huge wage disparity between UK men and women that could otherwise get worseEven though legislation to ensure equal pay has been in place for 40 years, the gender pay gap in Britain remains among the highest in the EU. On average, women in the UK earn about 15% […]
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Private tenants like me need long-term security | Lynsey Hanley

Private renting must be made a matter of choice, not necessity, for the million households excluded from home-owning in BritainI belong to a household that is one of the million reported to be “excluded from home ownership” by a combination of low housing supply and the impossibility of raising a deposit for the smallest house […]
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Sociologists don’t debate quibbles. We are tackling the financial crisis head-on | John Brewer

To understand the financial crisis, we must understand how organisations work. This is what sociologists are doingAditya Chakrabortty says that sociologists take refuge in debating quibbles instead of tackling the neoliberal economic and social disaster head-on, and that a politics professor resorted to “vein-bulging outbursts” when confronted with his arguments (The academics show their anger but […]
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Pay up! It’s time for wage rises | Daniel Garvin

The Pay Up campaign focuses not on high pay but low pay as the market denies millions even the most basic standard of livingThe past 30 years can be defined by two diverging pay trends. The first is common knowledge: those at the top have seen eye-watering rewards, with some companies giving pay rises to […]
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Louise Mensch, it’s not UK Uncut’s protest but austerity that’s intimidating | Ellie Mae O’Hagan

Instead of smearing a peaceful street party outside Nick Clegg’s home, ask who is really ‘targeting familiies’A few hours after I attended UK Uncut’s Great British Street Party outside Nick Clegg’s home in south-west London, I was inundated with messages. It turned out that the Tory MP Louise Mensch had just very publicly blocked me […]
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The Paralympics show sport has woken up to disability, but not the politicians | Peter Beresford

It’s as if some of our politicians want us to believe there are two disabled populations: one competitive, the other dependentThis year looks set to highlight the contradictions facing disabled people in our society. On the one hand, they are facing increasing marginalisation and discrimination under “welfare reform” policy and public expenditure cuts. On the […]
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Help Britain do what it does best: make stuff | Pat McFadden

From music making to motor manufacturing, UK plc badly needs an active industry policyAs G8 leaders stress the need for growth, it is timely to ask where the jobs of the future will come from and what Britain will do for a living. Part of the answer is right beneath our noses: making things. This […]
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